Ian Robinson

Ian started his transport career in the motor industry in the Midlands working for the specialist car operations of Jaguar, Rover and Triumph and was also involved with the development of the Unipart parts supply operation.  A parallel interest in historic vehicles led to a career change to the museums and heritage sector that included curatorial appointments with The Science Museum and at The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu as well as creating the marketing strategy for HMS Warrior within the historic Naval Base in Portsmouth.   

During his time in the heritage world, Ian worked closely with broadcast organisations and has contributed to programmes such as Arena and Top Gear as well as documentaries and programmes for BBC South and independent producers.  Ian was also a member of the successful British attempt on the World Land Speed Record with Project Thrust and is a lifelong enthusiast for motorsport and transport heritage.     

A switch to bus operations stemmed from a long association with bus preservation from which Ian joined Stagecoach, initially as a driver, and led to appointments within the commercial department of Stagecoach North West.   His rail replacement experience began with the acquisition by Stagecoach of the East Midlands franchise in 2007 after which, in 2014, Ian transferred to the then South West Trains as Rail Replacement Area Manager based at Waterloo where he was responsible for all aspects of the operation from scheduling through to delivery and working closely with the train planning unit as well as suppliers and control staff and reporting to senior rail managers.  

Following the franchise change to The South Western Railway, Ian joined First in the Summer of 2017 as Operations Manager where he has continued to be responsible for rail replacement services for this extremely busy network that is currently experiencing a major programme of renewals and upgrades aimed at improving and enhancing services.   He is a key member of SWR’s rail replacement planning and is closely involved in the development of current and future projects.